|added Mon October 27 2003 at 4:44 PM
|You know what they say. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Now, I suppose that I should revise that somewhat, since I personally do like tinkering with my website, adding this, that, and the other feature. So, let me say this: If it ain't broke, either don't fix it, or have the decency to fix it **right**.
Route Y (the main BYU student website) recently underwent a major facelift. First of all, I don't think that the interface looks that much better. Granted, it does look cleaner and more professional, but it doesn't look as friendly. Picture icons are so much easier to see when you know what you're looking for, rather than a bunch of text.
For instance, if you check the testing center page a lot to see what your scores are, you know that you just have to look for the little pencil icon (or read the text next to each icon if you're not familiar with the system). Does it look as professional? No. But it sure as heck does make it easy and quick to get where you're going.
Okay, so assuming that we *did* like the new look (which I don't), you know that the facelift made it more operational, right? WRONG! I'm getting "500 internal server error" all over the place. I can't check what tests are scheduled in the testing center, I can't check what my signature card balance is, I can't even check my work schedule for this week. Now, it's not like this is the end of the world, because I could always call and get most of the critical information if I really needed to, and I'm sure it's just a temporary outage. On the other hand, it's nonsense that they had to totally change the site if they just make it less stable.
I'm sick of it... time for me to totally revamp my site.